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Office Employees51-100
Total US51-100
Total Worldwide51-100
Ellis Verdi, Co-Founder and President
Ellis is committed to a deep understanding of each client’s business and to delivering the highest standards of service. Prior to having his own agency, Ellis spent four years at Grey Advertising, where he was one of the company’s youngest and brightest Vice President Management Supervisors. He managed the marketing and advertising for numerous clients, including General Foods, Bristol-Myers, Holly Farms, Humana Healthcare Services, Farley Industries and No-Nonsense. Ellis held the position of Marketing Manager at the Pepsi-Cola Company prior to Grey. He was in charge of the advertising and marketing for Diet Pepsi and other brands such as Pepsi Light and Mountain Dew.
Sal DeVito, Co-Founder and Executive Creative Director
Sal is one of the best creative talents in the industry. Prior to DeVito/Verdi, Sal was Creative Director at Levine Huntley, Schmidt and Beaver. Sal has made himself well known as a leading creative force by amassing one of the largest collections of the most prestigious awards in the business. He was honored by the International Cannes Film and TV Festival with a Gold Lion, by the Andy Awards with a Best of Show award and was awarded a Clio award for his work on Beneficial Financial. Sal recently won a Gold Pencil at the ONE Show for his ACLU ad on racial profiling featuring Martin Luther King, Jr. For the past 20 years he has taught at the School of Visual Arts, in what is widely regarded the preeminent course on advertising.
Kelly Durcan, Director of Public Relations
Kelly Durcan, Director of Public Relations
Kelly has more than 25 years’ experience in creating and implementing comprehensive PR programs for dozens of national and international clients. He has developed a highly successful campaign for retailer Meijer stores in the past two years. He has handled the PR for such national brands as Dutch Boy, Visine, General Electric, Marriott Resorts, Equal, American Home Products, Tissot, Hartmarx, Arm & Hammer, Smith Corona and others. His travel and tourism experience includes overseeing the PR efforts for the Tourist Boards of Great Britain, Trinidad & Tobago, Curaçao, and Uruguay. As an account executive at the PR firm Lobsenz-Stevens, Kelly handled the New York State Lottery and Commercial Trust Company.
Andrew Brief, Director of Account Services
Andy brings quick intelligence and strategic smarts to a client’s business. Before coming to DeVito/Verdi, Andy spent seven years at Lois/USA as VP Management Supervisor, where his client roster included some of the agency’s largest marketers: Pepsi-Cola, ESPN, Data General, Bristol-Myers and Minolta. He started his career at NW Ayer on the AT&T business and was at Kornhauser and Calene working on American Home Products brands such as Black Flag, Easy Off and Denison’s Chili.
Chris Tinkham, Director of Media Planning and Promotions
Chris brings more than 20 years of media experience to our clients’ business. His experience prior to joining us included senior level positions at DDB/Needham, Lois/USA, Wells Rich Greene and Western Media. Chris managed media planning departments of 100+ people and billings in excess of $800 million. His list of past clients spans virtually every product category imaginable: Procter & Gamble, IBM Corporate and Product, Chase, Ford Corporate, New York State Tourism and Business Development, Chanel, ABC/ESPN, Philip Morris, MCI, Bristol-Myers, Sun Oil, Miles Labs, Crowne Plaza, Hiram Walker, Reebok and Levis, to name only a few.
Barbara Michelson, Director of Broadcast Production
Barbara is an industry veteran with over 20 years’ experience as a broadcast producer. Before working at DeVito/Verdi, she was a high-profile freelance producer for 15 years, with credits on over 200 projects (including work for Bob Giraldi Productions and Wells Rich Greene). Her past experience includes McDonald’s, Wheaties, Budweiser, Holiday Inn, Hertz, AT&T, American Motors, Chrysler, Canada Dry, Dr. Pepper, American Express, Mobil, Diners Club, Procter & Gamble and NYNEX. She has also produced music videos and several award-winning short films. Barbara has a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild and the New York Women in Film & Television Programming Committee.